Welcome to Historic Ellicott City


  Historic Ellicott City, Inc. (HEC, Inc.) is the volunteer organization that restored the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum. The group was founded in 1974/3, after Tropical Storm Agnes came close to destroying the station and concerned citizens became determined not only to save the building but to transform it into one of Howard County ‘s premier historic sites. The building opened as a museum in 1976, after completion of the first major restoration, spearheaded by HEC, Inc. For over thirty years, volunteers for HEC, Inc. and the Museum shared a strong desire to promote preservation, restoration and education in the Historic District of Ellicott City, Maryland. This partnership was showcased at the grand reopening of the Museum on May 20, 1999, after the second major restoration. We relinquished management of the Museum on January 31, 2006, confident that we had established a firm foundation to build on for… Read More


New Bronze Plaques Commemorate
District’s Historic Treasures

To date, HEC, Inc., has ordered over 22 plaques and organized the installation of 12.  Please look for these plaques as you stroll along Main Street Ellicott City—they show the history of the building as well as a photo of the building.  The first plaque was installed at Ellicott’s Country Store (Pictured here).  There are other plaques off Main Street, including the Emory United Methodist Church on Church Road, the Envy Salon on Old Columbia Pike and the Rumor Mill on Tiber Alley.  It is wonderful observing tourists reading these plaques, and HEC, Inc. is very proud of this accomplishment.    


2014 Show House project begins

Historic Ellicott City, Inc. is pleased to announce that Mertiwether Farm has been chosen as the 2014 Show House.

The property, located at 14944 Roxbury Road in Glenwood will be transformed by talented decorators between May and September in preparation for the grand opening on September 19, 2014.

Watch for more information. Tickets will go on sale in July and will be available on this site.

If you are a decorator or if you know a decorator who would like to be involved in this year’s Historic Ellicott City, Inc. Show House, please contact Joyce Pope by e-mail: HistoriEC@hotmail.com

Historic Ellicott City wants you to explore our beautiful city, so we would like to encourage you to take one of our customized driving tours. These tours will take you to some of our most historic locations, giving you an up close and personal perspective on our historic mill town, founded by the Ellicott Brothers in 1772. To view all of our driving tours and start exploring our beautiful city, please click here.